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|My favorite paradox of Cuban music is that the bass is never “on the beat”, while everything else feels groovy and relaxed. In “Bagel on the Malecon”, I tried to lift the Cuban “son” grooves from their solid grounding, beyond dancing steps, to a place where the melody and the bass take flight – and memorably, at that. The title is a flight in itself – a utopian fantasy that one day soon, I will be able to enjoy a Bagel – a favorite New York bread creation – on the Malecon, the main boardwalk in Havana, Cuba.|
|CATEGORY||Chamber music, multi-track viola music|
|INSTRUMENTATION||Original instrumentation: multitrack violas.Arrangements available:
— string quartet (plus bass)
— string trio
— three violas and bass
— four cellos.
Also available as a jazz “lead sheet”, which includes a separate sheet for the bass line. Arrangements for other combinations may be commissioned upon request.
Also available as part of the Vjola Suite set.
|WORLD PREMIERE||Om Factory Yoga, New York; June 16 2006|
|WORLD PREMIERE PERFORMERS||Ljova and the Kontraband: Ljova, viola; Patrick Farrell, accordion; Mike Savino, bass; Mathias Kunzli, percussion|
|OTHER NOTABLE PERFORMANCES||Enso String Quartet, at the Library of Congress, and at venues throughout the US. [see video];Ljova and the Kontraband at Joe’s Pub [see video]|
|RECORDING||Recorded on Ljova’s debut CD, “Vjola: World on Four Strings” [album details]Recorded on the debut CD by Ljova and the Kontraband, “Mnemosyne” – [album details]|
|SCORE AVAILABILITY||All arrangements are available for sale via PDF or mail delivery; arrangements for combinations not listed above may be commissioned on request. [contact for more info]|